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Around Ohio: Tuscarawas County man sentenced to life in prison for murders of Coshocton County couple


COSHOCTON – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Coshocton County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Given, and Tuscarawas County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Styer announced today that an Ohio man has been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole for the January murders of a Tuscarawas County husband and wife.

Robert Clark correct

Robert Clark


Robert Clark, 30, of Dennison, pleaded guilty this morning to two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count each of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and aggravated arson in connection to the deaths of Doyle Chumney, 88, and Lillian Chumney, 79. As part of the plea agreement, all remaining charges and specifications, including death penalty specifications, were dismissed.

Following the plea, Coshocton County Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Batchelor immediately sentenced Clark to life in prison without parole.

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Doyle and Lillian Chumney


The Chumneys were first reported missing from their Strasburg home on January 21, 2015, and their remains were discovered the following day in their vehicle, which was found abandoned and burned on a secluded road in Coshocton County.

According to the investigation conducted by a multi-jurisdictional task force formed to investigate the case, it is believed that Clark and his co-defendant, Jeffery Stewart, 21, of New Philadelphia, kidnapped and killed the couple after a home invasion. Authorities believe Clark shot both victims before the defendants lit their car on fire. Clark was arrested in early February in Mohave County, Arizona, after a nationwide manhunt.

The Coshocton County Prosecutor’s Office prosecuted the case with assistance from prosecutors from Attorney General DeWine’s Special Prosecutions Section and the Tuscarawas County Prosecutor's Office. Agents from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) were also part of the task force that investigated the crime.

“This brutal and senseless crime shocked those across the state and the nation, and this heartless killer deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison paying for his vicious actions," said Attorney General DeWine. "I commend the law enforcement officers and prosecutors who worked incredibly hard to bring this defendant to justice."

“Today’s plea agreement was made with the support of Mr. and Mrs. Chumney’s family, who expressed concerns about the stress of a lengthy trial, a potential death penalty sentencing phase, and appeals, which would have hindered their ability to try to find closure as it relates to the justice system,” said Coshocton County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Given. “This outcome for the family would not have been possible without the superb work of the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office, Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, and BCI."

In addition to BCI, authorities from the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office, Strasburg Police Department, Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, Coshocton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Tuscarawas County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and Coshocton County Coroner’s Office made up the task force that investigated the case.

Stewart, who was arrested in late January after task force members released a surveillance photograph of him at an area gas station, is scheduled to go on trial in December.

Offenders sentenced on felonies in Knox County Common Pleas Court



MOUNT VERNON – Knox County Common Pleas Judge Otho Eyster sentenced felony defendants Friday. According to Prosecutor Chip McConville, a statewide warrant was also issued for Jeremy A. Morris, who did not appear for sentencing. Morris is wanted for Aggravated Possession of Drugs. A $25,000 bond has been established.

Curtis Dean Looney Jr., 32, of Mount Vernon, was sentenced today for Burglary, a felony of the third degree. Looney had broken into a residence on Pritchard Road in the Danville area. Looney was sentenced to a definite term of 30 months in prison and will serve up the three years of post-release control after release from prison. He was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of $282.85. This case was investigated by Det. James Ferenbaugh of the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

John E. Adams, 28, of Zanesville, was sentenced for Burglary, a felony of the third degree. Adams was apprehended in June immediately following the break-in at a residence on Hazel Dell Road. Adams was sentenced to a definite term of 30 months in prison and ordered to pay court costs. After serving his prison term he will serve up to three years of post-release control. This case was investigated by Det. Sgt. Craig Feeney of the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

John A. Price, 28, of Columbus, was sentenced for Passing Bad Checks, a felony of the fourth degree. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended and three years of community control. If he fails to comply with community control he could face up to 17 months in prison. Price was ordered to pay $8,200 in restitution to Valley ATV, pay court costs, complete a drug and alcohol assessment, submit to drug and alcohol use monitoring, complete a mental health assessment and maintain fulltime employment. This case was investigated by Det. Sgt. Craig Feeney of the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Nancy C. Lester, 52, of Mount Vernon, was sentenced today for Permitting Drug Abuse, a felony of the fifth degree. Lester was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 11 months in prison suspended. She was also placed on three years of community control and her driver’s license was suspended for 6 months. Lester must also complete a drug and alcohol assessment, submit to drug and alcohol use monitoring, and pay court costs. This case was investigated by Det. James DeChant of the Mount Vernon Police Department and Det. Sgt. Craig Feeney .

Caleb L. Vernon, 30, of Mount Vernon, had a revocation hearing on two cases involving three counts of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, all fifth degree felonies. Vernon admitted to failing a drug screen and was sentenced to 84 days in jail. This case was investigated by Ptl. Aaron Collins of the Mount Vernon Police Department.

Knox County Law Enforcement reports Aug. 27, 201

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Just after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, a female suspect was reported trespassing at Kroger.
At 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, an officer responded to a shoplifting incident at Kroger involving a bottle of vodka valued at $4.26. A suspect was identified.
At 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, an officer responded to a report of a suspicious person at the Dollar General on Coshocton Avenue. A suspect was identified and a background check resulted in an arrest on an outstanding warrant.

 

Arrests and Charges:

Andrew Schuster, 26, of Mount Vernon was arrested at 1:05 a.m. on Wednesday for having weapons while under disability.


Accidents:


At 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Deborah A. Ladig, 63, of Mount Vernon backed her 2006 Ford 500 out of a space in the Wendy’s parking lot on S. Main Street and struck a 2007 Chevy Avalon, driven by Hazel M. Poe, 65, of Mount Vernon, which was passing through the lot.




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Fraud on Ottawa Ave.
Assisted the Mt. Vernon Police Dept. with an investigation on Watson St.
Suspicious person on Grant St.
Suspicious person on Ebersole Ave.
Telephone harassment complaint on Watson St.

Knox County Law Enforcement reports Aug. 28, 2015

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Disturbance on S. Main St.
Fire report on Mill St.
Disturbance on S. Main St.

 


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At 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, an officer responded to a report of the theft of several items—including tanning lotion, perfume, and approximately $5.00 in change—from a residence on the 000-block of Wooster Road.
At 9:55 a.m. on Thursday, an officer collected a red bicycle found on the 000-block of Denison Street.
At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, a victim reported the theft of a check—in the amount of $2000.00—by mail.
At 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, a resident reported that her wallet—including three credit cards and a drivers license—had gone missing…possiblyat Wal-Mart. An officer later spoke to her about the details.
At 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, a resident reported that he had found a syringe in the entrance of Prestress on Howard Street. An officer collected it for safe disposal.

McKenzie Street to be closed due to house demolition

MOUNT VERNON - The City of Mount Vernon has announced McKenzie Street between Ohio Avenue and Gambier Street will be closed beginning on Friday, August 28th for two weeks.  During that time crews will demolish the house at 200 East Gambier.  The structure was heavily damaged by fire in November of last year.  

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